Robert M. Lawless

University of Illinois College of Law

Professor of Law

504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue

Champaign, IL 61820

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (34)

1.

Graying of U.S. Bankruptcy: Fallout from Life in a Risk Society

Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 406
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 18 Aug 2018 Last Revised: 08 Nov 2018
University of Idaho, Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law and University of California - Irvine School of Law
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Bankruptcy, Older Americans, Risk, Economic Insecurity, Debt, Wealth, Safety Net

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Race, Attorney Influence, and Bankruptcy Chapter Choice

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Forthcoming, Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 12-02, Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 11-17
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 22 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 04 Feb 2013
Jean Braucher, Dov J. Cohen and Robert M. Lawless
University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law (Deceased), University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
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bankruptcy, chapter 13, local legal culture, race

Race, Attorney Influence, and Bankruptcy Chapter Choice

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 9, Issue 3, pp. 393-429, 2012
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 25 Jul 2012
Jean Braucher, Robert M. Lawless and Dov J. Cohen
University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law (Deceased), University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
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Did Bankruptcy Reform Fail? An Empirical Study of Consumer Debtors

American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Vol. 82, pp. 349-406, 2008, U of Michigan Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 08-023, U of Michigan Public Law Working Paper No. 133, U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE08-034, U of Texas Law, Law and Econ Research Paper No. 136, Harvard Law and Economics Discussion Paper, U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-50
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 07 Nov 2008 Last Revised: 14 Jun 2016
University of Illinois College of Law, University of Texas School of Law, University of California - Irvine School of Law, University of Michigan Law School, University of Idaho and Harvard Law School
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2007 Consumer Bankruptcy Project, bankruptcy reform, consumer debtors, credit risk, predatory lending

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Life in the Sweatbox

94 Notre Dame Law Review 219 (2018), University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-21
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 01 Mar 2018 Last Revised: 17 Dec 2018
Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, University of California - Irvine School of Law and University of Idaho
Downloads 893 (32,472)
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consumer bankruptcy, debt collection, debt, chapter 7, chapter 13, financial distress

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'No Money Down' Bankruptcy

Southern California Law Review, 2017, Forthcoming, UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2017-12, University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-19
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 02 Mar 2017 Last Revised: 23 Oct 2017
Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, University of California - Irvine School of Law and University of Idaho
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Consumer Bankruptcy Project, bankruptcy, bankruptcy reform, chapter 7, chapter 13, consumer debtors, access to justice, attorneys fees, professional responsibility

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Derivative Lawsuits as a Corporate Governance Mechanism: Empirical Evidence on Board Changes Surrounding Filings

Number of pages: 48 Posted: 05 Feb 2004
Stephen P. Ferris, Robert M. Lawless and Anil K. Makhija
University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Finance, University of Illinois College of Law and Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance
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shareholder derivative lawsuits, corporate governance effects

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Direct Costs in Chapter 11 Bankruptcies

Number of pages: 57 Posted: 15 Aug 1998
Robert M. Lawless and Stephen P. Ferris
University of Illinois College of Law and University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Finance
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Shrinking the Safety Net: The 2005 Changes in U.S. Bankruptcy Law

Revista de Derecho Concursal y Paraconcursal, No. 6, 2006, U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE06-031
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 07 Dec 2006
Robert M. Lawless and Elizabeth Warren
University of Illinois College of Law and Harvard Law School
Downloads 385 (94,810)
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Driven to Bankruptcy

55 Wake Forest Law Review 287 (2020), University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-01, Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 19 Sep 2019 Last Revised: 04 Dec 2020
Pamela Foohey, Robert M. Lawless and Deborah Thorne
Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law and University of Idaho
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consumer bankruptcy, chapter 7, chapter 13, automobiles, automobile lending, subprime auto lending, car loans, cars, auto debt, financial distress, license suspensions, parking tickets, auto repossession, debt collection

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The Influence of State Legal Environments on Firm Incorporation Decisions and Values

Number of pages: 34 Posted: 29 Oct 2004
Stephen P. Ferris, Robert M. Lawless and Gregory Noronha
University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Finance, University of Illinois College of Law and University of Washington, Tacoma - Milgard School of Business
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incorporation, state law, firm value

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The Paradox of Consumer Credit

U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE06-015
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 07 Jun 2006
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law
Downloads 314 (118,974)
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'Warm with Sunny Skies': Disclosure Statement Forecasts

Number of pages: 41 Posted: 11 May 2000
Brian L. Betker, Stephen P. Ferris and Robert M. Lawless
Saint Louis University, University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Finance and University of Illinois College of Law
Downloads 275 (136,904)
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Portraits of Bankruptcy Filers

Georgia Law Review, Vol. 56, Forthcoming, University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper 21-08
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 22 Mar 2021 Last Revised: 12 Apr 2021
Pamela Foohey, Robert M. Lawless and Deborah Thorne
Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law and University of Idaho
Downloads 264 (142,698)

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bankruptcy, consumer debtor, consumer debt, consumer credit, debt collection, mortgages, auto loans, student loans, financial fragility, racial disparity, gender disparity, divorce, garnishment, repossession, foreclosure, COVID-19, legal reform

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Bankrupt Apologies

Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS13-20
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 30 Jan 2013 Last Revised: 13 Feb 2013
Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
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apology, bankruptcy, judicial decision making, law & psychology

Bankrupt Apologies

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 10, Issue 4, pp. 771-796, 2013
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 24 Oct 2013
Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
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The Myth of the Disappearing Business Bankruptcy

California Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 3, 2005
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 04 Sep 2008
Robert M. Lawless and Elizabeth Warren
University of Illinois College of Law and Harvard Law School
Downloads 197 (188,869)
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Bankruptcy, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Closing firms, Debt

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The Relationship between Nonbusiness Bankruptcy Filings and Various Measure of Consumer Debt

U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper Series
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 04 Oct 2006
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law
Downloads 180 (204,609)
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bankrutpcy, consumer credit

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Bankruptcy Filing Rates after a Major Hurricane

Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 6, p. 7, 2005, U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. 06-026
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 31 Jul 2006
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law
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bankruptcy, natural disasters

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Small Business and the 2005 Bankruptcy Law: Should Mom & Apple Pie Be Worried?

Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Forthcoming, U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. 07-18
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 08 May 2007
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law
Downloads 159 (227,445)
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bankruptcy, small business, entrepreneur

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Opposite of Correct: Inverted Insider Perceptions of Race and Bankruptcy

American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 2017, University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-8
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 25 Sep 2017 Last Revised: 06 Dec 2017
Dov Cohen, Robert M. Lawless and Faith Shin
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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bankruptcy, chapter 13, race, base-rate neglect

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Race Disparity in Bankruptcy Chapter Choice and the Role of Debtors’ Attorneys

20 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 611 (2012), Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 13-31
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 07 Feb 2013 Last Revised: 18 Jun 2013
Jean Braucher, Dov J. Cohen and Robert M. Lawless
University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law (Deceased), University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
Downloads 91 (341,497)
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bankruptcy, Chapter 13, local legal culture, race

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Amicus Brief on Arbitrability of the Discharge (Anderson v. Credit One Bank)

University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-30
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 03 Mar 2017 Last Revised: 07 Jul 2017
Ralph Brubaker, Robert M. Lawless and Bruce Alan Markell
University of Illinois College of Law, University of Illinois College of Law and Northwestern University School of Law
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bankruptcy, discharge, arbitration, arbitrability

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What Empirical Legal Scholars Do Best

University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-21
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 25 Mar 2015 Last Revised: 21 May 2015
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law
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empirical legal studies, bankruptcy

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Reflections on the Responses to 'Race, Attorney Influence, and Bankruptcy Chapter Choice'

20 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 725 (2012), Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 13-32, Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS13-30
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 07 Feb 2013 Last Revised: 21 Jun 2013
Jean Braucher, Dov J. Cohen and Robert M. Lawless
University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law (Deceased), University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
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bankruptcy, chapter 13, local legal culture, race

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The Influence of Legal Liability on Corporate Financial Signaling

23 Journal of Corporation Law 209, Winter 1998
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 14 Aug 2013
Robert M. Lawless, Stephen P. Ferris and Bryan Bacon
University of Illinois College of Law, University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Finance and Independent
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The General Role Played by Specialty Law Journals: Empirical Evidence from Bankruptcy Scholarship

American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Vol. 80, p. 523, 2006
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 05 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 06 Aug 2013
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law
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Serial Bankruptcy: Plan Infeasibility or Just Bad Luck?

Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 8, No. 105, 2001
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 14 Aug 2013
Karen Craft Denning, Stephen P. Ferris and Robert M. Lawless
Fairleigh-Dickinson University - Silberman College of Business, University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Finance and University of Illinois College of Law
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bankruptcy

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Attorneys’ Fees and Chapter Choice: Exploring 'No Money Down' Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

ABI Journal, Vol. XXXVI, No. 6 (2017)
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 24 Oct 2019
Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, University of California - Irvine School of Law and University of Idaho
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bankruptcy, bankruptcy reform, chapter 7, chapter 13, consumer debtors, consumer bankruptcy, access to justice, attorneys fees, professional responsibility

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Professional Fees and Other Direct Costs in Chapter 7 Business Liquidations

75 Washington University Law Quarterly 1207
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 15 Aug 2013
Robert M. Lawless and Stephen P. Ferris
University of Illinois College of Law and University of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Finance
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Of Commas, Gerunds, and Conjunctions: The Bankruptcy Jurisprudence of the Rehnquist Court

Syracuse Law Review, Vol. 42, p. 823, 1991
Number of pages: 70 Posted: 28 Oct 2013
Charles Jordan Tabb and Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
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Missouri Constitution: A Simple Suggestion for Overriding the Line-Item Veto

Missouri Law Review, Vol. 63, No. 285, 1998
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 08 Aug 2013
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law
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An Empirical Analysis of Bankruptcy Certiorari

Missouri Law Review, Vol. 62, No. 101, 1997
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 14 Aug 2013
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law
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bankruptcy

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Are Bankruptcy's Trials Vanishing? If So, Who Cares?

79 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 995
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 14 Aug 2013
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law
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bankruptcy

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Striking Out on Their Own: The Self-Employed in Bankruptcy

BROKE: HOW DEBT BANKRUPTS THE MIDDLE CLASS, Katherine Porter, ed., Stanford University Press, 2012, Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper, Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 11-18
Posted: 10 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 07 Apr 2012
Robert M. Lawless
University of Illinois College of Law

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bankrupty, self-employment

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Less Forgiven? Race and the Bankruptcy System

BROKE: HOW DEBT BANKRUPTS THE MIDDLE CLASS, Katherine Porter, ed., 2012
Posted: 25 Jan 2011 Last Revised: 10 Jan 2012
Robert M. Lawless and Dov J. Cohen
University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law

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Bankruptcy, Race, Chapter 13